“Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu | Adorn the bird with feathers so it may soar”
What is Aotearoa Youth Declaration?
Aotearoa Youth Declaration (AYD) is one of UN Youth’s flagship conferences - aiming to provide rangatahi with both the opportunity to be heard and the tools to make change in their communities. Alongside the four day conference held in Tāmaki Makaurau in April, AYD 2024 will include seven regional hui all over the country - ensuring that the greatest possible number of young people have their voices heard.
Each April, participants aged 13-18 (Years 9-13) from all over Aotearoa come together to write a policy document called the Youth Declaration. During the conference, participants work in targeted Rōpū (committee groups) to create policy solutions on a broad range of problems - from climate change to the cost of living and everywhere in between. Each Rōpū examines current issues in Aotearoa and then contributes a solution - written in the Youth Declaration. The Youth Declaration is passed on to decision-makers (MPs, local Councils and Boards, and influential people) to help them decide the future of Aotearoa.
We are currently looking for applications for our eight Conference Assistant roles
Regional Delegation Team
Tangata Moana Liaison
These roles involve a wide variety of responsibilities, depending on which one(s) you apply for. Whether you're interested in facilitating conversations in one of our Rōpū rooms, offering mental and physical first aid, or exploring other roles listed, we encourage you to apply! Extended role descriptions can be found here, while Rōpū descriptions can be found here.
Note: you must have graduated from high school at the time of application to apply for these roles.
What is UN Youth?
UN Youth is a non-profit organisation focused on providing civics education beyond traditional classrooms. We involve youth in critical national and international affairs through immersive workshops and conferences. We aim to inspire young New Zealanders to be active, global citizens. Global citizenship takes diverse forms, and UN Youth offers opportunities for delegates to develop their own active citizenship style.
Our work equips young people throughout Aotearoa to become informed, engaged, and critical New Zealanders, understanding their global context and the links between local and global scales. Annually, over 3000 young New Zealanders attend UN Youth events, run by more than 150 volunteers across the country - dedicating many hours to engaging youth and growing the organisation.